Looking for the perfect cookbook for your foodie friends or that family member who really needs to learn how to cook? Good news, this year's top 10 picks will help you choose a book that satisfies the extreme foodie on your gift list as well as the novice cook looking for how-to's on everything from the basics of cooking to easy, elegant entertaining to deliciously preparing vegetarian fare.
1. The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Innovative Chefs
Authors: Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
Considered to be a definitive guide to bringing out the most sublime flavors of any dish, The Flavor Bible is an invaluable resource for every day meals to please the family as well as formal dinners to impress the most discerning of guests. Drawing on the culinary insight of leading chefs around the country, authors Page and Dornenberg present a delicious compendium of hundreds of ingredients, the most optimal pairings, and expert techniques to make every dish utterly delish. The book even provides tips for mixing the best cocktails. Though The Flavor Bible doesn't contain a single recipe, it does give the home cook and seasoned chef a culinary reference with essential tidbits to tuck away for the next casual dish or four-course spread.